Yorkstone or York stone is a variety of sandstone, specifically from quarries in Yorkshire that have been worked since mediaeval times. Yorkstone is a tight grained, Carboniferous sedimentary rock consisting of quartz, mica, feldspar, clay and iron oxides.
Known for its hard-wearing and durable qualities, Yorkstone has been used in a wide array of building, construction and landscaping applications around the world for many years. Some of the quaries that our Yorkstone is sourced from have been worked since mediaeval times.
In Yorkshire, split stones called thackstone (Scots thack, English thatch) were employed as roofing.
Yorkstone in London
The traditional London paving stone has been Yorkstone. Yorkstone is popular in both new construction and restoration. The colour of Yorkstone depends on the minerals within its makeup and differs throughout the quarries from which it is mined. Our newly quarried Yorkstone is available as slabs for paving, setts and walling stones. Our reclaimed Yorkstone paving, salvaged from demolished sites, is valued for its naturally weathered surfaces.